The Language Teacher

This is the home for The Language Teacher, the bimonthly publication of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (全国語学教育学会). It publishes articles and other material related to language teaching, particularly in an Asian context. TLT also serves the important role of publicizing information about the organization and its many events.

A brief history

The Language Teacher, or TLT as we usually refer to it, was first published under that name in April, 1984 (though its roots go back further. For a more detailed history, this article will be of interest). Since then it has continued without a break, and until 2008 was the only monthly fully refereed language education journal in the world. In 2009, a decision was made to begin publishing TLT bimonthly in order to concentrate on offering more content online—particularly time sensitive material. Producing a publication of this quality and consistency is especially remarkable for the fact that the staff (almost 40 people, plus advisory board members) are ALL volunteers!

Between the covers

As well as Featured and Reader's Forum articles, TLT regularly runs special issue and conference related material. There are also regular columns each issue, including:

  • Book Reviews - Reviews of the latest in resources and materials
  • Conference Information - Updates on our annual international conference
  • JALT Focus - Notices, news, and information of interest to JALT members
  • My Share - Practical ideas for use in language classrooms
  • Old Grammarians - A little light relief at the end of every TLT
  • Recently Received - Listings of books and classroom materials available for review purposes
  • SIG Focus - News and information on JALT's many Special Interest Groups
  • Teaching Assistance - A column by teachers, for teachers
  • TLT Wired - Technical resources and information relevant to language teaching
  • Writers' Workshop - Guidance for writers just beginning in academic publishing
  • Young Learners - Help and advice for teachers of younger students

Almost all of the material published in TLT since 1996 is available on this website for JALT members and subscribers to use. We hope you enjoy this rich resource of practical and research material.

The editors and staff

Below is a list of all content added in this section, most recent posts listed first.

Writing Instruction: What Is Being Taught in Japanese High Schools, Why, and Why It Matters

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 14:08

The Language Teacher - Issue 40.3; May 2016

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 14:06

Creating Training Sessions and Lesson Materials from Study Abroad Interviews

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 16:59

Lecture Notetaking: Questions and Answers

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 16:57

The Effects of Three Spacing Methods on Students’ Mid- to Long-term Retention of Lexis

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 16:55

The Language Teacher - Issue 40.2; March 2016

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, February 22, 2016 - 15:34

CLIL Focus: An Interview with Professor Makoto Ikeda

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 13:56

Wait! Is it Really Shadowing?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 13:55

Enhancing English Learners’ Writing Fluency and Lexical Richness Through Timed Blogging

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 13:53

The Language Teacher - Issue 40.1; January 2016

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 13:41

Teaching Assistance: Learning the Biochemistry of English Classes in Japan

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, November 8, 2015 - 22:42

Applying the Benefits of Peer Assessment to the High School English Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 23:11

Teaching Audio-Visual English to University Students: Factors to Consider

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 23:10

Video Reflexive Ethnography as a Tool for Better Classroom Practice

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 23:08

Using Speech Act Sets to Inform Study Abroad Instruction

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 23:07

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.6; November 2015

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 23:06

The Case Against the Case Against Holding English Classes in English

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 19:21

Japanese Students’ Attitudes Towards the Use of Facebook in the EFL Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 19:20

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